The 2017 Rock Challenge and J Rock events were held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre recently and there was praise for Buchan pupils.
Over 1,700 audience members attended the Rock Challenge event on Saturday, March 25, and the event was supported by Aberdeenshire Council & Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership, NHS Grampian, Choices for Life, Aberdeen City Council, CEOP, and Razzamataz.
Mintlaw Academy came third in the Rock Challenge competition with their performance ‘Dedicated to the Greatest’.
The academy pupils’ performance was a nod to the late boxing champion, Muhammed Ali, and they were awarded a number of awards on the night for it, including the Choices for Life Award of Excellence for both stage use and concept.
Peterhead Academy showcased their performance on the night as they have already qualfied through to the 2017 Rock Challenge Northern Premier Final taking place at Grimsby Auditorium in July.
The J Rock event for primary schools was held at the AECC on Sunday, March 26 with over 1,000 people in attendance.
Longside Primary School came second with their performance of ‘When Good Toys Go Bad’, followed by Mintlaw Primary School in third with ‘Emotions in the Ocean’ and Clerkhill Primary School in fourth with ‘The Little Green Pig’.
The schools also received various awards on the night.
Port Erroll School walked away with the Razzamataz Theatre Schools Award of Excellence for Performance Skill.
Mintlaw School head teacher, Sarah Forrest, said: “Parent Debbie Willox, with a team of parents and academy/college students worked extremely hard with the pupils.
“We had 36 children involved either as performers or as stage crew, they have been very fortunate to be involved in this opportunity and have greatly benefitted from this experience.
“Our whole school community were delighted that we received third place and we are looking forward to entering again next year.
“Our J-Rock parents organised a couple of fundraisers, one parent and granny made and sold tablet and raised £600, our school fundraising committee donated £300 from their previous events and we have a Prosecco hamper up for raffle.
“Our thanks also to Derek Ritchie at Costcutters for the donation of water which kept the children hydrated!”
The events aim to help young people enjoy school while encouraging them to make positive life choices and be their best without the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs.